watchOS 7.3.1 repairs serious Apple Watch charging problem


watchOS 7.3.1 squashes a bug inApple Watch’s Power Reserve feature.
Power Reserve reduces drain on your Apple Watch’s battery. But there’s a bug.
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To prevent your Apple Watch Series 5 or Apple Watch SE from refusing to charge when it’s in Power Reserve, you need watchOS 7.3.1. Apple rushed this update out on Monday specifically to fix this bug.

Any Apple Watch hit with this bug drains until it’s dead, and can‘t be recharged. But Apple will repair the affected devices at no cost.

Controversial anti-tracking feature is about to go live in iOS 14


Your iPhone will soon offer a bit more privacy.
With iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4, applications will have to ask if they can track you.
Graphic: Apple

Apple seeded to developers the release candidates for iOS 14.4 and the iPad equivalent on Thursday. It’s probably the last step before a public release. Among other changes, these new versions will apparently give iPhone and iPad users the option to block third-party applications from tracking them.

Devs can also install watchOS 7.3 RC and tvOS 14.4 RC, which became available Thursday too. But macOS Big Sur 11.2 is still on Beta 2.

watchOS 6.2.8 brings digital car keys to Apple Watch


watchOS 6.2.8 is out now!
Digital car key support in watchOS 6.2.8 has the potential to make Apple Watch much more useful.
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Starting Wednesday, an Apple Watch can be used to unlock a car, replacing the key, thanks to the release of watchOS 6.2.8. But it’s early days yet for this feature, as it doesn’t yet have wide support.

In addition, this software update enables people in a handful of additional countries to take advantage of the ECG in Apple’s wearable.

watchOS 7 adds new workouts, sleep tracking, shareable watch faces and handwashing


watchOS 7 introduces new complications and watch face sharing
watchOS 7 introduces new complications and watch face sharing
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WWDC 2020 Cupertino revealed Monday what it has up its sleeve for Apple Watch when the next iteration of watchOS debuts this fall.

Thanks to rumors and leaked betas over the past few months, we already expected many of the Apple Watch features showcased during the WWDC 2020 keynote, like watch face sharing and sleep tracking. But Apple still unleashed some surprises, including a redesigned and renamed Activity app. There’s even an automatic handwashing-detection feature that could help people keep COVID-19 and other nasties at bay.

Redesigned iMacs to iOS 14: Everything we expect to see at WWDC 2020


WWDC 2020: What to expect at Apple's big developer conference.
Get ready for some big revelations!
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WWDC 2020 Apple execs won’t get to feed off the usual live audience’s energy during next Monday’s WWDC 2020 keynote, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to get excited about.

As usual, Apple will stream the big event for all the world to see. But, due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire Worldwide Developers Conference will take place online this year. Read on for our rundown of what we expect to see during the WWDC 2020 keynote, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific on June 22.

New Apple webpage showcases the power of iPhone + Apple Watch


iPhone and Apple Watch a brilliant match.
The best duo in tech?
Photo: Apple

In case you’re still not convinced you need an Apple Watch to go with your iPhone, Apple on Tuesday published a new webpage that reminds visitors how powerful the two can be together.

The page highlights some of Apple Watch’s best features, like the ability to take calls, reply to messages, act as a remote for iPhone’s camera, and its ability to track your heart rate and all your workouts.

Change your Apple Watch Move goal to stay fit during lockdown [Pro tip]


Increasing your Move goal can help you be even more active.
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Pro-tip-4You might need to exercise a little more if you hope to stay fit while stuck at home for most of the day during a global pandemic. Give yourself a little push by increasing your Move goal on Apple Watch.

It’s easy to do, and if you’re one of the many Apple Watch owners who likes to complete their Move goal every day, it will help you burn a few additional calories to make up for spending most of the day on the couch.

watchOS 6.2.5 brings new Pride Apple Watch faces, expands ECG features to Saudi Arabia


This Apple Watch Pride face debuted in watchOS 6.2.5
This Apple Watch Pride face debuted in watchOS 6.2.5. And this band also launched today.
Photo: Apple

Monday’s release of watchOS 6.2.5 includes a trio of new faces in the Pride series. It was timed with the debut of new matching Watch bands in the Apple Store.

In addition, Apple Watch wearers in Saudi Arabia just got access to the ECG features of Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 5.